So you want to know what to read or what authority you should consult
Don’t bother. The world is full of people selling their beliefs. Any belief is secondhand merchandise bought on the cheap. Someone else has already had the fun of exploring those highways and byways. The idea expressed by the ninth-century Buddhist master Lin Chi, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him,” has always struck me as a challenging truth.
Lin Chi makes the point that empowering gurus and following them reduces us to being followers who have surrendered our own power.
This does not mean you should not read scripture or reflections on it, or accounts of others’ struggles with the same questions you now face. Another advantage 85
of study is to know and understand society’s structure and underpinnings. Obedience to society’s rules will save you a lot of grief. For example, adherence to the Ten Commandments will be a solid platform beneath your feet. These are ancient, hard-fought norms that so many have contributed to through experience. Adopting these as your own saves you a whole lot of hassle.
These norms are not just boundaries and guidelines but contain distilled wisdom applicable to the human condition.
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